Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019 (LACCW)

Next week from August 19-23, ALLCOT  team will be present at the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019 (LACCW), an event to be held in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

“The LACCW will be the occasion to discuss challenges and opportunities for climate action from a Latin American and Caribbean perspective. It will offer the opportunity to key actors in the region from across sectors to convene, learn and exchange knowledge and best practices, to assess, jointly plan and create new climate action initiatives” UNFCCC

There, ALLCOT will host following side event:

Market-based approaches to take action and to raise ambition in LAC.
Tuesday August 20
13:30-14:25      
Room Goal 9 (SL50-T02)

Our Panelists:
Adriana Gutierrez, Consultant at Ministry of Environment of Colombia
Axel Michaelowa, Perspectives Climate Group
Lisa Lafferty, Climate Trust
Perumal Arumugam, UNFCCC

Tanguy de Bienassis, World Bank
Thiago de Araújo Mendes, Environmental Agency of the Federal District of Brazil (Brasília Ambiental)
Tomasz Chruszczow, High-Level Climate Champion for COP24 at Ministry of the Environment Poland

Moderator: Alexis Leroy

Our session will showcase successful practices of carbon pricing in LAC countries and discuss opportunities to extend initiatives to new jurisdictions by promoting countries efforts towards regional carbon markets and thereby accelerating the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Registration for the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019 is open here.

See you in Salvador.

ITH celebra su XV Asamblea Anual en el marco del ITH Innovation Summit y destaca a ALLCOT como su proveedor de servicios de sostenibilidad

Las últimas novedades en innovación y tecnología en el sector hotelero se dieron a conocer en el ITH Innovation Summit, que se celebró la semana pasada en el Hotel NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding.  ITH destacó, además, a ALLCOT como su proveedor de servicios de sostenibilidad.

La inauguración estuvo a cargo de la secretaria de Estado de Turismo, Isabel Oliver; el presidente de la Confederación Española de Hoteles y Alojamientos Turísticos (CEHAT) y del Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH), Juan Molas; y Gabriel García, presidente de la Asociación Empresarial Hotelera de Madrid (AEHM).

Profesionales de la talla de Kike Sarasola, presidente de Room Mate Hotels; Pepe Díaz Montañés, presidente de Artiem Hotels; José Ángel Preciados, director general de Ilunion Hotels; Javier Pérez, director general de VP Hoteles; y Hugo Rovira, director general de NH Hotel Group para el Sur de Europa, debatieron, moderados por el presidente de la CEHAT e ITH, Juan Molas, sobre cómo enfocar la innovación y la tecnología desde un punto de vista estratégico con el objetivo de sacar el mayor partido y beneficio posible.

La experiencia de cliente es otro de los puntos esenciales dentro del sector y del que también se trató. El director de operaciones (COO) de AdQuiver, Néstor Rodríguez, dio algunas claves para saber cómo atraer y seducir a los clientes.

Además, en el Summit Area, la especialista en calidad y reputación de Hotelatelier, Diana Hernández; y Xavier López, director de operaciones (COO) de EisiSoft, hablaron acerca de la trazabilidad de los datos para mejorar tanto los procesos, como la experiencia de cliente.

La Inteligencia Artificial y la Automatización también fueron protagonistas en el evento, así como la ciberseguridad. Además, se habló sobre la gestión de activos.

ALLCOT, uno de los patrocinadores de la Sexta Edición de la Copa “Your Chance”, un campeonato de fútbol para niños institucionalizados

El 23 de junio de 2019, Your Chance Association, de Rumanía, organizó la 6ª edición del evento deportivo benéfico “Your Chance Cup”, en colaboración con ASC Dinamo New Generation y Kaufland Romania. 120 niños, provenientes de familias de bajos ingresos en Rumanía, tuvieron un día lleno de sorpresas y con muchos premios y medallas.

“Cada año organizamos con gran alegría este evento único en el país, que brinda a los niños menos afortunados la oportunidad de olvidarse de los días difíciles y disfrutar de la infancia. Para algunos de ellos esta es la primera vez que participan en una competición y entienden lo que son el juego limpio, el espíritu de equipo y el dulce sabor de la victoria”, dice Gabriel Ciobotaru, presidente de Your Chance Association.

La sexta edición de la Copa “Your Chance” tuvo lugar el domingo a las 9:00 en el Complejo Cultural Deportivo Estudiantil Tei en Bucarest (30, calle Olteţului, sector 2). Los niños presentes provienen de los centros sociales y de colocación de los sectores 2, 3, 4, 5 y 6 de la capital y de las comunidades desfavorecidas en Ilfov y Dâmboviţa (Periş, Crevedia, Tărtăşeşti y otros centros de DGASPC Ilfov), así como de La “mansión social” en Bilciureşti (Dâmboviţa), fundada por Your Chance Association en 2016.

El año pasado, más de 100 niños disfrutaron de este evento deportivo, proveniente de centros como Aldeas Infantiles SOS, ICC Rumanía, Periş Placement Center, St. Macrina Center, The Door Foundation, Life and Light Foundation.

Los patrocinadores y socios de la Copa 2019 “Your Chance” son: ALLCOT Group, Kaufland Romania, Dinamo New Generation Sports Club Association, Infinity Trophy, La Cantine de Nicolai, Fruleg Logistic y Carbon Expert, socio de ALLCOT en Rumanía.

Al mismo tiempo, Your Chance Association está ejecutando muchos otros proyectos en apoyo de la comunidad, como “A Hot Chance” (una cálida comida ofrecida todos los jueves a personas sin hogar en Bucarest, otorgada este año en la Gala de la Sociedad Civil con el primer premio), “Caja sonríe” (regalos de Navidad, empaquetados en cajas de zapatos, ofrecidos a niños necesitados), “Voluntario para la salud” (cheques médicos gratuitos), “Requisitos para su futuro” (requisitos y mochilas escolares para niños pobres o para niños de crianza temporal), “Construir esperanzas juntos” (construir casas para familias pobres), etc. Your Chance Association inauguró una sala de informática en Buftea en 2015, proponiendo alfabetizar digitalmente a más de 100 niños de familias pobres, y en 2016 en el condado de Dambovita, el “Centro social Helmut Schlotterer” en Bilciuresti, donde acoge y educa a niños huérfanos o pobres.

El informe anual de ONU Cambio Climático, en el que ALLCOT Group ha participado, muestra el ascenso de la acción climática

ONU Cambio Climático ha presentado su informe anual, en el que destaca el progreso realizado para abordar el cambio climático en 2018 y las formas en las que la comunidad internacional puede aumentar la ambición para alcanzar los objetivos del Acuerdo de París. ALLCOT Group ha participado en este informe con la publicación de un artículo escrito por Alexis L. Leroy, fundador y CEO de la compañía, que se puede leer en la página 15.

El informe abarca los principales logros del proceso intergubernamental de la CMNUCC y las actividades de la secretaría, en particular los efectos de esas actividades en apoyo de la Convención, el Protocolo de Kyoto y el Acuerdo de París.

Por ejemplo, en la COP24 de diciembre de 2018, el mundo acordó la mayoría de las directrices para poner en práctica el Acuerdo de París a través del paquete de medidas de Katowice sobre el clima.

El paquete de medidas proporciona el marco operacional para la acción en relación con el clima y orientación sobre el seguimiento y la evaluación de las actividades en los planos nacional e internacional. En él se describe la forma en que los países informarán sobre sus contribuciones determinadas a nivel nacional (los NDC por sus siglas en inglés, planes de acción sobre el clima nacionales en el marco del Acuerdo de París), las medidas específicas que adoptarán y la forma en que pueden comunicar sus progresos. Esto incluye esfuerzos para reducir las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero y crear resiliencia a los efectos inevitables del cambio climático, así como apoyo financiero para la acción sobre el clima en los países en desarrollo.

Si bien las promesas actuales en el marco de las contribuciones determinadas a nivel nacional distan mucho de ser suficientes para que la comunidad internacional pueda alcanzar sus objetivos en materia de clima, al finalizar el paquete de medidas de Katowice sobre el clima, los países han demostrado que están comprometidos a aumentar sus ambiciones.

El informe también analiza el trabajo que está por llegar, en particular la necesidad de dar los toques finales al programa de trabajo del Acuerdo de París en 2019, para que las naciones revisen al alza sus contribuciones determinadas a nivel nacional y para que el cambio climático se refleje en casi todas las decisiones que los gobiernos, las organizaciones, las empresas, los inversionistas y los individuos tomen en los años venideros.

Puede descargar el informe aquí y leer el artículo escrito por Alexis L. Leroy, Founder and CEO of ALLCOT Group, en la página 15.

ALLCOT Group participates in the Corresponsables Day ‘Third anniversary of the SDGs: Current situation and future challenges of the 2030 Agenda’

Patricia Piñero, sustainability consultant of ALLCOT Group, participated in a debate on June 6 in Malaga within the framework of a new day of presentation of the Yearbook Corresponsables 2019, which will be carbon neutral one year more.

During the day, entitled ‘Third anniversary of the SDGs: Current situation and future challenges of the 2030 Agenda’, the participants in this debate spoke about the fulfillment of the Agenda2030 and how the companies are applying SDGs.

In this sense, Piñero said that ALLCOT is developing a methodology to advise companies so that they can identify which ODS they are fulfilling and which are not and, thus, help them to comply with all of them. He also explained the importance of carbon markets for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

Other participants

The inauguration of this day was in charge of José Mª López, Responsible for CSR of Unicaja Banco; Natalia Sánchez, Executive Vice President / General Secretary of Confederación de Empresarios de Málaga; Ricardo Martín, Communication Director of Corresponsables and Javier Cortés, Head Cities Program UN Global Compact and closing the table, Concha Labao Moreno, Delegate Director of Open Government and Transparency of the Diputación de Málaga.

Next, the table of large companies was attended by Sheila Villalobos, Responsible for CSR Covirán; María Deocón, Responsible for Sustainable Development and Innovation in the Costa del Sol and María José Rueda, Technician of RSC Unicaja Banco. Ana María Casado, member of Dircom and Professor of the Department of Economics and Business Administration at the University of Málaga, modeled the table.

Finally, the stakeholder discussion table was held and, in addition to Patricia Piñero, the participants were: Alicia Martín, Head of the Department of Citizen Communication and Social Responsibility of Gestrisam at the City Council of Málaga; Julio Andrade, Director of Cifal Málaga; Diego Isabel La Moneda, Director of Nesi Forum and Juan Jesús de la Torre, Coordinator of the Chair Hidralia + UGR of REDAC. The table was moderated by Carlos García, Member of the RSE Málaga Forum and Manager of the Centro Plaza CC.

 

ALLCOT Group will be presenting at the workshop “Promoting private sector investment in Adaptation via Art 6.8” during Innovate4Climate in Singapore

Sergi Cuadrat, Chief Technical Officer of ALLCOT Group, will attend Innovate4Climate I4C, which will take place from June 4th to 7th June at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. On Tuesday, June 4th he will be one of the speakers at the workshop under the name “Promoting Private Sector Investment in Adaptation Via Art 6.8”. The workshop will take place at Simpor Jr 4811 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

The objective of the workshop is to host a discussion around the concept of co-benefits from projects, drawing on the example of mitigation, to see if the participants agree that the international community could also pay for adaptation benefits.

In the workshop the participants also will speak about Adaptation Benefit Mechanism (ABM), which is cited as an example of a non-market mechanism in the CoP24 text on Article 6.8 and Parties. The workshop will present the progress on the pilot program for the ABM with input from two project developers participating in the pilot and one host country (to be confirmed). The workshop will explain how the ABM works and how stakeholders including project developers, investors and the private sector can be engaged.

“We need to mobilize investment to finance the sustainable development co-benefits (particularly SDGs 13 and 15, relating to climate action and life on land respectively) of adaptation activities in rural or low-income areas where climate impacts are more significant to enhance resilience and to contribute to the implementation of the adaptation components of host party’s NDCs”, Sergi Cuadrat says.

These are all the speakers:

Gareth Philips, Manager, Climate and Environmental Finance, African Development Bank

Axel Michaelowa, Senior Founding Partner, Perspectives Climate Group

Nikunj Agarwal, Head-Global Markets, First Climate Markets AG

Renat Heuberger, CEO, South Pole

Sergi Cuadrat, CTO, ALLCOT Group

Sandeep Choudhury, Director, VNV Advisory Services

Ousmane Fall Sarr, Coordinator of the West African Alliance on Carbon Markets and Climate Finance

Host: African Development Bank (AfDB)

About Innovate4Climate

Innovate4Climate is the preeminent global event on climate finance, climate investment and climate markets. It is a platform that brings together business, finance, policy and technology leaders to accelerate action on financing climate-smart development. In 2019, I4C will focus on green finance, clean cooling, battery storage, climate-smart urban design, Asian climate markets and much more.

The Madrid Book Fair will calculate and offset its CO2 emissions for the third year in a row

The Madrid Book Fair 2019, which will take place from 31st May to 16th June, will once again show its commitment to sustainability by calculating and offsetting the CO2 emissions produced during the event, just as it did the past two years.

The offsetting of CO2 consists of an economic investment in projects that are usually in developing countries, that eliminate from the atmosphere a volume of emissions equivalent to the amount produced elsewhere – in this case, at the book fair.

The project chosen by the organizers to offset their emissions is the same as last year, the Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation (RMDLT) in Pará, Brazil. This project supports the fragile ecosystem of the Amazonian rainforest by preventing deforestation and giving degraded forests an opportunity to regenerate. It will prevent net emissions of more than 20 million tonnes of  CO2 equivalent over the project’s 40 year lifetime. This project also supports 130 families living by subsistence agriculture and provides protected habitats for animals in danger of extinction.

The SDGs

This year will also be announced the SDGs that align the fair, so it demonstrates the commitment to contribute to the 2030 Agenda proposed by the United Nations.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 17 Goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

 

 

ALLCOT Group participates in the first version of the “Sustainability from Zero” event held at Biohotel, Colombia

On April 26, the first version of the “Sustainability from Zero” event took place at Biohotel Organic Suites, of the GHL Hoteles chain. The event managed to bring together the public and private sector and children in one place, to talk about sustainability and continue to involve new generations in the culture and care of natural resources.

Alexis L. Leroy, Founder and CEO of ALLCOT Group, was among the participants, along with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the District Department of Environment of the Mayor of Bogotá, the Universidad Panamericana, the officials of the Autonomous Regional Corporation of Cundinamarca – CAR and the leaders of Sustainability of the main companies of the region.

Specifically, among the special guest speakers, who shared with the audience what it is like to lead in a sustainable manner, from each of the entities and companies to which they belong, were:

– Alexis L. Leroy, Founder and CEO of ALLCOT Group

– Ana Karina Quintero, Coordinator of Group C & PNVS of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

– Paula Victoria Baracaldo, from PRO-REDES in the District Department of the Environment of Bogotá.

– Marco Llinás Volpe, Rector of the Panamericana University. He also served as Manager of Public Affairs and Sustainability for Coca Cola (2006 – 2015), and Director of Corporate Affairs for Nestlé (2015 – 2018).

Students from the fourth and fifth grades of elementary school from the la Salle Bogotá School, the Jonathan Swift Women’s Gymnasium and the Los Cerros Gymnasium were also present, who also participated as speakers at the event.

ALLCOT Group attended and sponsored IETA European Climate Summit, where leading climate and energy practitioners discussed key developments in carbon markets

Tommi Neuvonen, Group Managing Director at ALLCOT Group, and Fernanda Castro, Head of Operations, attended IETA European Climate Summit, which took place on April 16th to 17th 2019 in Lisbon, with a Pre-Event day on April 15th. Also, ALLCOT was a gold partner of this event, supporting the accomplishment of it.

The summit brought together leading climate and energy practitioners where they discussed and analysed key developments in carbon markets and emissions trading, green finance, industry decarbonisation and energy transition, and beyond.

2019 is a key year for climate action as we get closer to the “post-2020” world, which many of us have devolved and dedicated a lot of effort to help shape. While we approach the 2020 milestone, this event provided an opportunity to take stock of the main developments to date as well as discuss the next steps for climate action primarily at the European level, and internationally.

Beyond the carbon market sessions and panel discussions, the summit also marked the 20th anniversary of IETA that the organization is celebrating in 2019. So all the attendants celebrated IETA’s birthday together, with their members, partners and friends and, in a pure Talanoa spirit, reflected on where we – the carbon market community – are, where we need to go and how we’ll get there, inspiring our actions going forward and in hands on manner.

ALLCOT Group presented “SDG Co-Benefits in Voluntary Carbon Offsetting” as part of CPLC Technical Workshop in Washington D.C

The workshop “SDG Co-Benefits in Voluntary Carbon Offsetting” was presented by Sergi Cuadrat, Chief Technical Officer of ALLCOT Group as part of the Carbon Pricing Leadership (CPLC) Technical Workshop for the 4th Annual CPLC High-Level Assembly (HLA) organized by Gold Standard, WWF and WRI at Embassy of Canada on April 12th 2019 in Washington, D.C.

In 2015, leaders from the member states of the United Nations agreed on objectives to shift all economies and societies toward sustainable and decarbonised development through the adoption of the Agenda 2030 on the Sustainable Development Goals (New York, September 2015) and the Paris Agreement on limiting climate warming to well below 2ᵒC (Paris, December 2015). Both frameworks, although negotiated under different multilateral processes, promote the participation of all countries and are highly interlinked: the Paris Agreement emphasizes the need for sustainable development considerations in low-carbon transitions; at the same time avoiding dangerous climate change is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. Thus, failure in one process could undermine the success of the other. The implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) –countries’ emissions reduction commitments– requires huge investments, which are more likely to be financed if embedded in and benefiting national development plans. While, vice versa, prospects for sustainable development depend on a limitation of global warming.

Sergi Cuadrat emphasized that such interdependency can be seen as an opportunity to move away from the discourse of two different agendas that are often perceived to be in competition; and instead pursue their implementation in a way to maximise mutual benefits. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will not be achieved without the commitment of the private sector and at the same time, companies are demonstrating their willingness to ramp up sustainability action by aligning not only their corporate social responsibility policies, but also their core business strategies, with the targets defined in the SDGs. To achieve these, clarity is required to give business the confidence to embrace the SDGs, as it can be difficult to understand how investments in development activities can have greater impact and help achieve the necessary transformation towards alignment with the SDGs.

ALLCOT is seeing an evolution in the way its clients think about carbon finance and the additional impacts their carbon investments can have so businesses are able to articulate the benefits of their carbon project investments beyond the verified emission reduction. Sergi Cuadrat stated that “businesses can use carbon finance to deliver additional value through alignment with the SDGs, enabling the voluntary carbon market to extend beyond emission reductions, and play a vital role in driving low carbon sustainable development throughout the world”.

In order to assist business in measuring their SDG baselines and to measure future progress, Sergi Cuadrat unveiled that ALLCOT is developing an open-source SDG Quantification Methodology which aims to establish the measurable co-benefits of the SDGs as an operational tool in development activities to ensure a fair carbon price.  The tool will include recommended approaches for the formulation of targets and decision-making pathways based on the individual needs of an organization to measure and report on the impacts of sustainable development actions, including its use in the carbon markets, business supply chain, city-scale interventions or NDC assessments. Although still under development, the design of the tool will consider how to reduce the barriers to measure, quantify and certify SDG impacts, including IT based platforms and blockchain-based solutions.

Pricing carbon, through a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system, has proven to be effective in addressing climate change and can be an essential tool for meeting the SDGs. Therefore, ALLCOT firmly believes that carbon pricing policies should be designed to help achieve the global sustainable development agenda to benefit the fight against climate.

Carbon Pricing Leadership Report

On the other hand, the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) has published Carbon Pricing Leadership Report, where ALLCOT Group has participated.  This report acts as CPLC’s 2018/19 annual report, providing an update on CPLC’s activities over the last year. It also showcases articles from thought leaders to inspire and guide government and business leaders to increase their carbon pricing ambition.

You can read the full report here and ALLCOT Group contribution in page 56.